Classes are still Sunday and Monday, however due to the summer heat here in Fresno our Sunday class at Tenaya Park now begins in the late afternoon. Check the Schedule and Location page for up-to-date class times.
Since our Sunday class is outdoors at a public park, and we do not have all the training mats that we have on Mondays, we tend to focus on stand-up techniques on Sundays. We do a lot of Silat, which is a brutal battlefield art from Indonesia and Malaysia, and we do various standup Hapkido techniques.
Right now we have six students, including one woman. I’d like to get more women in the class to balance it out. These arts are particularly suited for women, as they are “soft” arts that do not rely on the use of force. Rather than muscle power, these arts are based on precision of technique. We use evasion, joint locks and joint breaks, unbalancing, and pressure point attacks to defeat a stronger attacker.
I frequently visit other martial arts schools in Fresno, and I continue to study other martial arts. There are some quality martial arts instructors here in Fresno. Pacific Martial Arts (now teaching out of Sierra Sport gym) maintains consistently high standards and I would recommend them if you’re looking for Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. The Fresno Judo Club is fantastic and the price is low. For Japanese Jujitsu I recommend Bushidokan of Fresno. The Kajukenbo school here has a good lineage and takes their self-defense seriously.
At Hammerhead Hapkido we are also serious about what we do. We offer quality martial arts instruction, rooted in effective self-defense principles, at low cost. That’s pretty amazing and it’s a unique opportunity for anyone who has been wanting to get into martial arts, or expand their martial horizons, or just have fun doing something physical. Enrollment is open and you can join anytime.
Wael Abdelgawad, Founder